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Some chiefs allegedly involved in tree felling in Wa West

The Paramount Chief of the Dorimon Traditional Area and Chief of Dorimon, Naa Sohimwinnenye Danaah Gori ll has said that he has information of some chiefs in the area alleged to have being involved in the cutting down of trees for different purposes.

The chief made this known during a stakeholder engagement at Dorimon in the Wa West District organized by Mini Ghana Project, a model Ghana initiative by the Wa West Member of Parliament, Supt. Peter Toobu Lanchene (Rtd) to build a future Ghana he envisioned.

The ecological climate of Ghana is fast-changing and has become a problem to environmental and climate experts, owing to the indiscriminate felling of trees, especially rosewoods which is now endangered.

An environmental investigation has reported that about six million rosewood trees have been cut down in Ghana for illegal export to China since 2012.

Aside the felling of trees, Naa Sohimwinnenye said ‘galamsey’ was one of the setbacks of development in the district and wondered why the current generation wanted to destroy the long-preserved ecological system before they pass out.

A sub-chief of the area, chief of Duosi, Naa Bawa Seidu however blamed the police and the District Assembly for the protraction of the felling of trees in the area.

The chief said that, he has personally taken action and brought forth some culprits but blamed the authorities for not taking any action when the matter was brought before them.

Alhassan Saboge, the Chieftaincy Portfolio Head of Mini Ghana, said the cutting down of the trees in the district has carved the district a negative image even at the national level.

Mr Alhassan alleged that women were the worse culprits in the cutting down of the trees.

He said these women do this largely not for any staid purpose but to fulfil a certain small desire.